Dennis616 said:I am also experimenting in one bed with letting wild strawberries run free around the daylilies. I do think it looks good, the question is will they suppress weeds…
Interesting. I wonder how that will work out for you.
I use whatever cheap mulch I can find, but in some locations, I have small sedum ground cover or vinca ground cover. The sedum doesn't control weeds, but the vinca seems to, but is kind of weedy in its own way. My daylilies within the vincas do well, but no telling how much better they would do without the competition from the vinca.
I like to dig weeds when it's not 90+ degrees and humid like it was most of last summer, but there were some weed puller tools recommended in the thread mentioned above that I'm going to try this year. I hate grasses. I have one that I never had it in my garden until I bought plants from a particular vendor, and it's been a problem around those daylilies ever since. If I knew a spray that would kill it, I would use it. The one "grass killer" for gardens I've seen... I don't think it kills it. Maybe it makes the visible leaves disappear for a while, but it comes back. It's awful when the grass roots get into your daylily roots. I feel like I'm doomed where that has happened.
I can't get rid of those weeds that have seeds in what looks like Chinese lanterns, either. They have runners that shoot out 1 to 2 feet underground, and it seems like there's no way to kill that. Mulch doesn't seem to deter it.
I've tried this roll-on round up for tight spots. It's slow, but eventually kills a lot of weeds, but not grasses or tough to kill weeds. However a friend of mine said it worked on his Poison Ivy, of all things, if someone needs to try that. I've tried Sure Shot Round up for tight spots, too, which is like a foam you can use to coat some of the leaves of a weed. It does better than the roll on, but again, I don't think it really kills the weed, because there will be another one there in the same spot in a month or so.